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Jan 17, 2019

A Good New Year: Stop the Silence at Home and Abroad

Kiwis - THEY may not fly, but OUR Kiwis DO!
Kiwis - THEY may not fly, but OUR Kiwis DO!

Happy New Year EVERYONE!! I hope this coming year is WONDERFUL for all.

Kiwi are by far the smallest living ratites (particular types of birds that cannot fly), and lay the largest egg in relation to their body size of any species of bird in the world.

Kiwis (as in the bird) may be small and may not fly - but our KIWIS are BIG and DO!

We are KIWI - and are planning on laying some pretty big darn eggs!! 

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SUMMARY: This past quarter aimed largely at our preparations for the first training in New Zealand under a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation / CAF Foundation grant that supports a comprehensive program aimed at a coordinated approach to preventing, treating, and mitigating child sexual abuse in a wholistic, creative, collaborative manner.

As noted previously, the overall Stop the Silence® Model has Awareness, Education, Training, Policy Development, Reporting, Service, and Evaluation parts to it, and we reach all relevant service providers, to make sure that we are really making this a full-out, comprehensive prevention and mitigation effort. The "piece" that we were missing was the reporting / service provision hook-up, and analytics piece (so that we know what outcomes are resulting). But, with the Trust MYRIVR, free downloadable App, the program now has all that, too. The App allows people anywhere to report a past or current issue, find the service providers they need, get referred to them, and it allows the service providers to coordinate for the needs of each person in real time, and to run the analytics behind what is going on. We are now be able to not only raise awareness, increase knowledge, change attitudes and norms, and change behavior, but to TRACK the changes in behavior that arise out of the program! Wow! 

Of course, we are also always focused on bringing forth education and training programs home and elsewhere abroad, and expanding the reach of national programs. We are examining the possibilities for DC, Arkansas and other areas currently, in the U.S., and gearing up for possible programming in Pakistan (I head there in March), while we expand the program in New Zealand We are also speaking with decision-makers in other parts of Oceana as well as Lithuania and South Africa. 

Because the past quarter was so focused on preparation for New Zealand, this report will primarily report out on how the training went, but also on future plans for New Zealand, Oceana, and elsewhere. 

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THE TRAINING IN NEW ZEALAND: The training in New Zealand went GREAT! It accomplished exactly what we were hoping it would: sharing of wonderful information, connection between those at the training, and the commitment of cooperation of all who were there for a unified approach. And, the Stop the Silence® Comprehensive Training-Prevention-Mitigation-Care-Treatment Model now has a formal name (!): Speak Up - Stop the Silence®, which will be applied worldwide!

Here are the most important points that we'd like to share - and then, too, do take a look at the training agenda and pictures attached, 'cause they say VOLUMES!

1. There were 30 individuals who took part in this training for community leaders, practitioners, and stakeholders to form a united community and pave the way for support for the overall first two-years of programming.

2. The welcome ceremony for the training took place in a Marae, or Maori meeting house, which also the formal and initial and opening, a powhiri, a Maori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, dancing, and singing and welcomes people into the Maori community. The training also took place inside one of the larger rooms inside the Marae.

3. We want to make sure that everyone is "on the same page" so we start out with top-level folks, both from non-profit service groups and government leaders - on national and local levels. Here are some of the major points regarding the training: 

  • For this training, we knew that it was critical that the community leaders and service proiders were together on this - so that is who this first training was for.
  • The training is very interactive - we want people not to "listen" but to participate. In that way, people can best relate, learn, incorporate ideas, and work together for solutions to a very big and complicated problem!
  • We use our focus on Art as Advocacy, too, to open hearts and minds. We were very fortunate to have been allowed the use of The Tale, a movie about and produced by Elizabeth Fox and starring Laura Dern. It really helped to put the issues "out there," and allowed us to all see a "real life" scenario and discuss and process the information together.
  • We also work with the media to get the word out there (see the pic of me and Joann Stevelos on Radio 531pi, which reaches a wide swath of the Pacific Islands. Most of the media outreach will be done after everyone is trained so that when the wide public learns about the program and learns how to report and get help through the MYRIVR App that there is trained help available for them.
  • The Stop the Silence® online training will be used as both a refresher and as a way to otherwise train others.

4. For the medium- and long-term, we will make sure to focus on reaching all other service providers, e.g., educators, police, clinicians, and supporters so that everyone is working in tandem! We network, invite, discuss, AND COLLABORATE! And, we leave materials in-country and work with others to create a trianing-of-trainers approach so that everyone who needs to be informed and trained IS trained! And so that the program is sustainable. On our next trip, we'll focus on psychologists, social workers, therapists, and front-line crisis managers, AND on reaching national policymakers and stakeholders in a smaller training so that there is solid backing for the work!

5. All work is fully evaluated so that we know whether it's working, and what needs to be done better in order to achieve what we are all trying to do: Stop the Silence® and Stop Child Sexual Abuse!   

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UPCOMING PLANS: We continue to write-write-write grants to expand overall programming (like our online training for other audiences) and specifically for the other countries that are interested in our programming, which, beside various other countries in Oceana, include: Albania, Colombia, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Lithuania, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa. We are working hard to ensure support for implementation of a comprehensive model in all these places - in all places! 

I look forward to my trip to Pakistan in March to give a key-note address, sit on a panel, and conduct a workship at the International Conference on Preventive Strategies in Clinical Psychology-Preemption and Proaction as a part of the work of the Institute for Clinical Psychology of the University of Managment and Technology in Lahore Pakistan. We hope to also begin to kick off comprehensive progamming there. 

As I mentioned above, we are also working hard at getting work going in a number of other places, both in the U.S. and abroad. We'll keep you posted. 

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Thank you so much for taking a look at our ongoing work and providing support. Your support helps make this all possible! Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse! (Next Update scheduled for the end of the first quarter, 2019.)

Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence®

First day NZ training-Outside Marae_Nov. 26, 2018
First day NZ training-Outside Marae_Nov. 26, 2018
CSA NZ Training_first day_Nov. 26_2018
CSA NZ Training_first day_Nov. 26_2018
Last day NZ training group_Nov. 28, 2018
Last day NZ training group_Nov. 28, 2018
Pam and Joann on Radio 531pi
Pam and Joann on Radio 531pi
Stop the Silence and Trust MYRIVR together!
Stop the Silence and Trust MYRIVR together!

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Oct 8, 2018

An Air of Change-At Stop the Silence & Everywhere

Pam & Trust MYRIVR "Rugby Team" at IVAT Summit
Pam & Trust MYRIVR "Rugby Team" at IVAT Summit

I wonder 

I wonder 
What would happen
If we all let go
Jumped
At the same time
I wonder
Would we
Free fall
Or fly
Higher than we ever thought
Imaginable?

      - Pamela J Pine

I think we would fly... We can feel it, we all know it... Change is coming, and we are all a part of it, here, there, and everywhere! It's not just the weather here on the East Coast of the USA that's changing... Certainly, lots has been brewing over these past months, which has moved us all to further push for - demand - change! No more will we tolerate the abuse that has been heaped on children all over the world. No more! 

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For nearly two decades, Stop the Silence® has pushed for changes in what we perceive, know, and do. Now, not only the time but the social systems are ripe to push that change harder!  

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And Trust MyRivr and Stop the Silence® have received the funding for comprehensive programming, which has allowed the work in New Zealand to begin!

Planning has been underway this past quarter for the program in New Zealand, the training is already in final design, and, in November, we will be conducting the first training of the Stop the Silence® Comprehensive Training-Prevention-Mitigation-Care-Treatment Model with top-level policymakers and stakeholders to pave the way for support for overall first two-years of programming. The welcome ceremony for the training will take place in a Marae. A Marae is a Maori meeting house (see me and Rei and Elia in the attached pic outside a Marae in Chicago, at one of only three genuine Maraes outside New Zealand), and the place for important meetings and cultural activities. We will be part of a formal and initial and opening, a powhiri, a Maori welcoming ceremony involving speeches, dancing, and singing (and, yes, we will be singing!). Then we will move to a formal training environment to conduct a three-day training to provide policymakers and stakeholders with a good base for making and supporting positive decisions about child sexual abuse prevention and mitigation. 

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The overall Stop the Silence® Model has Awareness, Education, Training, Reporting, Service, and Evaluation parts to it, to make sure that we are really making this a full-out prevention and mitigation effort. The "piece" that we were missing was the reporting, service provision hook-up, and analytics piece. But, with the Trust MYRIVR, free downloadable App, we have that, too. The App allows people anywhere to report a past or current issue, find the service providers they need, get referred to them, and it allows the service providers to coordinate on each case in real time, and to run the analytics behind what is going on. We will now be able to not only raise awareness, increase knowledge, change attitudes and norms, and change behavior, but to TRACK the changes in behavior that arise out of the program! Wow! 

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Over this past quarter, we also attended the Global SAFE Conference in Chicago and the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma Summit in San Diego. (The next quarters might see us in various other U.S. conferences including in Hawaii, as well as Pakistan!)

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We continue to write-write-write grants to expand overall programming (like our online training for other audiences) and specifically for the other countries that are interested in our programming, which, beside various other countries in Oceana, include: Albania, Columbia, Ethiopia, Iran, Kenya, Lithuania, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa). We are working hard to ensure support for implementation of a comprehensive model in all these places - in all places! 

So, stay tuned, and take a jump... Fly with us!

Thank you so much for taking a look at our ongoing work. Your support helps make this all possible! Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse! (Next Update scheduled for the end of the year, 2018.)

Pam and Rei and Elia at a Marae in Chicago
Pam and Rei and Elia at a Marae in Chicago
Pam and Rei at the SAFE Opening in Chicago
Pam and Rei at the SAFE Opening in Chicago
Jul 3, 2018

Spring into Summer with Stop the Silence

Stop the Silence Comprehensive CSA Logic Model
Stop the Silence Comprehensive CSA Logic Model

As the weather heats up in the D.C. area (well, I think we can safely say that it's now heated and while WE at Stop the Silence® will get MUCH hotter, if the weather here heats up much more we may just all fry!), STOP THE SILENCE® truly is moving quickly toward great things, moving forward from the base and activities that we have developed for these past 18+ years! Here is our April - June 2018 Report (HAPPY SUMMER!) 

The plight of small and older children is heart-wrenching, as I am sure you will all agree! I listen to the stories of those like Patricia Cahill and the abuse that she suffered for so many years (see her Broken No Longer page), which resulted in so much damage from which she is still recovering. Changing how we protect children and help survivors heal will change the world - and I do mean literally. Child sexual abuse and other childhood traumas have so much impact: psychologically, physically, socially, and financially. Do we dare to be brave enough to really "take this on" worldwide? Stop the Silence® is continuing to do just that!  

To help build our broad focus, STOP THE SILENCE® reaches out and builds person by person, piece by piece, situation by situation, focus by focus - and COUNTRY BY COUNTRY! - to bring the best of what we can to meet the overall need. We aim to prevent and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. Thank you so much for your support and for continuing to take a look at our ongoing work. The support you provide helps make this all of what we do possible! 

Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse!

Quick Overview

In addition to our strategic and comprehensive education and training programming in the U.S., Stop the Silence® will next be focusing on developing online training for social workers and specific clergy - then others (e.g., lay audiences, educators, then police, then physicians and other clinicians, then...). We hope to have all of the online trainings done and up by the end of the year.

The work in New Zealand alongside our partner MyRivr (do check out their precedent-setting partnership with Samoan Airline, which will also highlight the work of Stop the Silence®) will draw off our ongoing work in CSA advocacy, education, and training and will begin in August. (See the MyRIVR-Samoan Airline partnership banner attached.) We are currently writing grants for requests received in a number of other countries (e.g., Albania, Columbia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lithuania, South Africa). Thanks SO much for our grant-writing team: Joann Stevelos, Joan Keiser, Shobila Kaligounder, and yours truly), and to Sandia Capuano Morrison, our Board Chair, and Turia Clark Day, our Accountant and Grants Specialist, for all the incredible support over years!! We are working hard to ensure support for implementation of a comprehensive model in all of these places - in all places! 

As we noted in the last Globl Giving report, but which is worth noting again, the Stop the Silence Comprenensive Training-Prevention-Mitigation-Care-Treatment Model (see pics above and below of the representation of our Logic Model and Training Model, respectively) is supported by the new focus from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the need to address CSA as a worldwide public health and clinical issue, and works on: 1) obtaining high-level government and stakeholder support, 2) on-site and online training of various types of service providers (as above), 3) the use of MyRivr's incredible App that allows people to download the App for free to report and allows various types of service providers to collaborate and coordinate in real time on cases; 4) changing attitudes, values, norms, and behavior to comprehensively prevent and mitigation child sexual abuse; and 5) evaluating and applying progress to all future programming. We will keep you posted!

Upcoming Conferences this quarter where I will be presenting - usually with Akerei Maresala-Thompson, CEO, MyRIVR, include: The Global SAFE Conference in Chicago in September, and, directly following that, at the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma Summit in San Diego. 

We also have been very involved and active in the communities around Washington, D.C. this past quarter. A shout out to Jillian Short for all her outreachn locally!! So, please read below, and see pics further below - there's lots to tell!

STOP THE SILENCE® 2017 FINAL QUARTER LOCAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS – April - June 2018: 

1. April 9th: Twenty Fourth Annual Candlelight Vigil- Jill Short was the featured keynote speaker at the Twenty Fourth Annual Candlelight Vigil held at the Charles County Courthouse (La Plata, Maryland) in acknowledgment of Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year's theme was “Expand the Circle…Reach All Victims”. The ceremony included a patriotic demonstration by the Charles County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, "Ode to Joy" by the La Plata High School Brass Ensemble, and statements from CAP staff, county officials, and local law enforcement.

2. April 27th: The new book, SOFIA'S PROMISE (by Jill Short), was launched! This new series of children's books addresses the sensitive--yet crucial--subject of child sexual abuse and improper/unsafe touch, with pointers on “what to do” and provides information about Stop the Silence®. Sofia's Promise will soon be available in Chuukese, Pohnpeiian, Kosraean, Marshallese, Chamorro, Yapese, Ulithian, Tagalog, Samoan...and more. This book series is part of an ongoing effort to combat CSA and Child Sex-Trafficking on an international level.

BOOK DESCRIPTION AND OVERVIEW: Sofia’s Promise is an introduction to proper relationships, body image, and personal safety. Based on a true story, Sofia’s Promise is one brave girl’s journey to freedom as she learns to speak up and ask for help in one of life’s hardest situations. Sofia's Promise shares how Sofia begins her healing process by reaching out in confidence to two people she trusts: her teacher and her grandmother. From beginning to end, Sofia’s Promise offers direction and guidance, helping children understand inappropriate touch—and what to do about it. An excellent tool for both parents and educators alike, Sofia’s Promise shines light on the sensitive topic of child sexual abuse from a child’s point of view, through simple, straightforward language and down-to-earth illustrations.

3. April 30: 4th Annual Poker Run Ride-Beautiful weather met us for the 4th Annual Poker Run ride, benefiting the Charles County Center for Children in La Plata, MD!! Jill Short provided a presence for Stop the Silence® and the Center for Abused Persons. The theme for this event: EVERY CHILD DESERVES A SAFE AND HAPPY CHILDHOOD. 

4. May 25th: “Rock One Sock”-In honor of National Missing Children's Day, observed each year on May 25th, Jill Short represented Stop the Silence® and Rock One Sock to raise awareness for our nation’s MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN!!! (In partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the W.I.N. Foundation, the Center for Abused Persons (CAP), and the Mrs. Globe Organization).

5. May 28th (and ongoing): WeModel USA-In a global effort to provide a megaphone for Child Sex Trafficking Awareness, Stop the Silence® is collaborating with WeModelUSA, bringing modeling and Human Trafficking Awareness together. This endeavor involves 48 young models, empowering them to be a voice in over 30 languages across the globe. The main event will take place on August 3rd. In the meantime, each model is being coached to use their voices and their influence (through media and photography) to raise awareness against the sex trade industry—on an international level. On August 3rd, twelve models will be selected to travel to Italy (Sept. 4-9) to work with high-end European designers to further magnify the platform of Trafficking Awareness. More details to follow next quarter!! (See pic attached.)

6. In May and June, Jill spoke about Stop the Silence® in-depth at both the Mrs. Maryland America Pageant in Annapolis MD (as Mrs. Southern Maryland America), and at the Mrs. Globe Pageant in Palm Springs CA (as Mrs. Maryland Classic).

Thank you so much for taking a look at our ongoing work. Your support helps make this all possible! Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse! (Next Update scheduled for the end of September, 2018)

Stop the Silence Comprehensive CSA Model Graphic
Stop the Silence Comprehensive CSA Model Graphic
MyRIVR and Samoan Airlines Partnership Banner
MyRIVR and Samoan Airlines Partnership Banner
WE Model USA 2018
WE Model USA 2018
Sophia's Promise by Jill Short
Sophia's Promise by Jill Short
 
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